Since his breakout role in 1983’s “Risky Business,” Tom Cruise has been a dominant force in Tinsel Town, appearing in more than 40 feature films throughout his illustrious career. Cruise has amassed hundreds of millions from his starring roles in dramas and action-packed thrillers.
It’s no secret that Cruise is one of the biggest box office draws of all time, but he has also scored himself a spot among some of the richest actors in Hollywood. Take a look at his net worth to see how his silver screen success has translated into wealth.
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Tom Cruise Net Worth: $570 Million
Cruise earned $53 million between June 2015 and June 2016, and he placed No. 4 on its list of the World’s Highest-Paid Actors of 2016, according to Forbes. His total earnings per film are unknown, but Forbes’ $53-million estimate includes back-end pay for “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation,” as well as up-front fees for “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.”
Although $53 million is more money than most people will see in a lifetime, it’s actually a bit of a step down for Cruise. In 2012, Cruise topped Forbes’ list of Hollywood’s highest paid actors, bringing in an estimated $75 million from May 2011 to May 2012.
Being one of the top-earning actors in show business is nothing new for Cruise, who currently pulls in $50 million annually, according to Celebrity Net Worth. With his career still going strong, it’s likely that Cruise’s net worth of $570 million will continue to rise in the coming years.
Tom Cruise’s Early Career and Acting Range
In 1981, Cruise made his acting debut in the film “Endless Love.” After playing additional parts in a handful of movies, he landed his breakout role in the 1983 film “Risky Business.” Among the film’s most memorable scenes is that of Cruise sliding across an entryway wearing only a dress shirt, socks, and underwear, then dancing around a living room lip-syncing to “Old-Time Rock and Roll.” This role helped make him a household name.
These days, Cruise primarily stars in action films, but he demonstrated his acting range by dipping his toes in a variety of genres throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Many of these dramas — such as “Top Gun” (1986), “Rain Man” (1988), “A Few Good Men” (1992) and “Magnolia” (1999) — are now must-see modern classics. He took a rare comedic turn as an almost unrecognizable character in 2008’s “Tropic Thunder.”
Here are some of Cruise’s most popular films from his earlier years in Hollywood and their worldwide lifetime gross earnings, according to Box Office Mojo:
- “Top Gun”: $356.8 million
- “Rain Man”: $354.8 million
- “Cocktail”: $171.5 million
- “Born on the Fourth of July”: $161 million
- “Risky Business”: $63.5 million (domestic)
Tom Cruise ‘Mission: Impossible’ Movies and Other Action Roles
Tom Cruise’s most recognizable role is that of Ethan Hunt, the Impossible Mission Force undercover agent he has portrayed in five “Mission: Impossible” films. Not ready to relinquish the role yet, Cruise is set to star in the sixth installment of the series in 2018, titled “Mission: Impossible — Fallout.” The franchise has garnered nearly $3 billion at box offices worldwide since the first film’s 1996 debut:
- “Mission: Impossible”: $457.7 million
- “Mission: Impossible II”: $546.4 million
- “Mission: Impossible III”: $397.9 million
- “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol”: $694.7 million
- “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation”: $682.7 million
In 2012, Cruise took to the silver screen as another action hero character: Jack Reacher. The film “Jack Reacher” brought in $218.3 million worldwide. Four years later, the film’s sequel, “Jack Reacher: Never Go Back,” was released. It made $162.1 million worldwide — a profit of just more than $100 million.
In all, Tom Cruise movies have amassed a jaw-dropping $9.3 billion at box offices worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. In addition to the top-earning “Mission: Impossible” movies, other top earners include “War of the Worlds” ($591.7 million) and “The Last Samurai” ($456.8 million).
Moviegoers’ favorite Tom Cruise movies, however, have nothing to do with the “Mission: Impossible” franchise or his other major blockbuster hits. A 2015 Rolling Stone readers’ poll revealed his top three fan-favorite films were “Tropic Thunder,” “Magnolia” and “Top Gun,” the last of which Cruise is slated to revisit with a sequel titled “Top Gun: Maverick.”
Tom Cruise Awards
After more than three decades as one of the most popular actors in Hollywood, it’s no surprise that Tom Cruise has earned quite a few awards. He has been nominated for seven Golden Globe Awards and won three for his work in “Born on the Fourth of July,” “Jerry Maguire” and “Magnolia.”
Cruise has been nominated for three Academy Awards but has never taken home the coveted Oscar. Still, he has had plenty of other wins, including in 2005 when he was honored with The Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film at BAFTA Los Angeles’ Britannia Awards.
Tom Cruise’s Personal Life
Cruise has been married and divorced three times — most recently from actress Katie Holmes, who filed for divorce in 2012, ending their term as a top Hollywood power couple. The two had a lavish Italian wedding in 2006 that reportedly cost around $3 million. Cruise is the father of three children: one daughter with Holmes and two children he adopted with former wife Nicole Kidman.
Cruise sold his 10,286-square-foot Beverly Hills, Calif., mansion for an estimated $40 million in 2016. In the fall of 2015, he sold his multi-residence compound to actress Eva Longoria for $11.4 million, according to Variety.
It’s not just property Cruise has splurged on over the years. In true “Top Gun” style, he also purchased a Gulfstream IVSP aircraft, which cost an estimated $36 million. The aircraft can fly as many as 14 passengers.
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Taylor Bell contributed to the reporting for this article.
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